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"Pact between airport, county aims for compatible land uses"
- From: "Stephen Irwin" <stepheni@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2007 02:30:33 -0500
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Pact between airport, county aims for compatible land uses
By Joey Bunch
The Denver (CO) Post
Centennial - A 380-acre site once slated for 1,600 homes will instead become
soccer fields, open space and airport-compatible businesses under a deal
brokered by Centennial Airport and the Arapahoe County board of
Airport officials had opposed the nearby Tanterra at Centennial residential
development earlier this year, saying it would put more residents in harm's
Residential development could eventually force one of the nation's busiest
general aviation airports, with a $1 billion economic impact, to relocate,
"This deal is, in my view, a big step forward to guaranteeing the long-term
viability of the airport," Robert Olislagers, Centennial Airport's executive
director, said Monday.
The airport and the county together will buy almost 60 acres for recreation.
The remaining acreage would have covenants that block development that would
be unsuitable next to an airport.
The city wasn't involved in the plan, Mayor Randy Pye said.
While he likes parts of the plan, including limits on storage buildings, Pye
was dismayed by what he called a "backdoor deal" with developers.
The city shelved developers' proposal to be annexed into Centennial in March
so the airport, city and county could draw up a long-term "vision" for the
"It seems to me that if you say you're going to do something in good faith,
you should do it," he said. "That didn't happen."
Arapahoe County Commissioner Jim Dyer said he never understood what the city
wanted for the site, while the airport's future was too great to risk.
"We know for certain the history of single-family development around
airports," he said. "It's the death knell."
The county hopes to join with the city to develop a sports park on the
property, he said.
The price for the land will not be disclosed until it is presented for a
vote to the airport board and county commission.
The airport bought 10 acres from the same developers three years ago for
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